8:48 PM PT (Steve Singiser): NE-Gov: The precincts are piling up, and the margin is still super-tight. 81 percent of precincts are in, and Ricketts still leads. The margin over Bruning has edged down a tad—it currently stands at 711 votes. Foley-friendly Lancaster County has largely reported, and he is now right behind Beau McCoy (21 percent to 20 percent).
9:09 PM PT (Steve Singiser): NE-Gov: So, three hours into the counting, here is where we stand: with 87 percent reporting, businessman Pete Ricketts leads state Attorney General Jon Bruning by just 773 votes out of over 200,000 cast. If the secretary of state's tally is to be believed, though, what remains is Omaha's Douglas County, where Ricketts has been the clear leader. So, read into that tea leaf as you wish. Ricketts has not trailed all night, though his margin dropped to nearly 100 votes at one point.
9:16 PM PT (Steve Singiser): NE-Gov: The SoS office has jumped ahead of AP, reporting an additional 5000 votes out of the Omaha area. They, as expected, worked well for Ricketts, and his lead (according to the SoS tally) is now up to 1518 votes. Though that would still be in the recount zone, potentially. In terms of percentage, the Ricketts lead is 0.73 percent. The margin for an auto recount appears, according to this, to be 1 percent.
9:26 PM PT (Steve Singiser): NE-Gov: ...And that's the ballgame, folks.
9:27 PM PT (Steve Singiser): With that, another primary election night is in the books. Thanks for staying up late with us, and be prepared to do it all over again next week! Have a good night, fellow election junkies!